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Students must earn a yearly average of 4.6 GPA for the 2012-2013 school year to qualify for an academic award.  Students will be able to choose from the following:

  • 9th grade – lamp of knowledge patch
  • 10th grade – lamp of knowledge patch
  • 11th and 12th grades – lamp of knowledge patch, an academic jacket, or an academic blanket.

Students may earn only one jacket or blanket per high school career.



Students will be required to take 1 credit in a college/career readiness course, which includes AP courses, dual credit courses, CTE advanced courses, and leadership/service courses.



HHS allows students to earn credit through correspondence courses through Texas Tech Extended Studies or the UT Education Center.  Courses are designed around the required course curriculum outlined and approved by TEA.  Personal motivation, self discipline, and common sense are crucial for correspondence work.  Prior approval by the counselor must be obtained in order to receive credit through correspondence.  The student must pay the cost of each course plus the expense of a textbook.  HHS does not fund the cost of these courses.



Two semesters of a one-credit course may be averaged together for the full credit.  Transfer students from non-accredited public, private, or parochial schools shall validate credit for courses by testing or evidence that courses meet the State Board requirements and standards.



In 2007, Senate Bill 1031 was enacted, which called for the development of “end-of-course assessment instruments for secondary-level courses in Algebra I, Algebra II, geometry, biology, chemistry, physics, English I, English II, worldgeography, world history and UnitedStateshistory”.  The purpose of the end-of-course (EOC) assessments is to measure students’ academic performance in core high school courses and to become part of the graduation requirements beginning with the freshman class of 2011-2012.  In addition, the scores must incorporate 15% of the student’s final grade in the course.  Students not meeting these requirements must retake the EOC assessment and can do so as many times as the tests are offered.  A student may choose to re-test to increase their score, but the re-test scores will not affect the student’s GPA.  EOC scores will be reported on the student’s official transcript.



SuperNET Virtual High School
SuperNET Virtual High School offers courses for high school credit.  These course offerings are free, no expense to the student.  These courses are internet-based classes and are usually accessed from home.  Enrollment is limited due to participation from other East Texas high schools.  Courses are managed by certified teachers employed by SuperNET.  Students must register with Mrs. Cline and complete a student inventory.  The courses available are:

  • Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Spanish III Section 2
  • Algebra I, Algebra II
  • Psychology, Earth & Space Science, Biology Pre-AP, IPC
  • Economics, Government, World Geography, AP US History, Sociology, World History
  • Health
  • Math Models, Geometry  

Special Topics in Social Studies:

  • Old & New Testament
  • Online Teacher Resources
  • Art 1
  • Webmastering
  • Final Cut Studio – 101
  • Final Cut Studio – 102
  • Additional classes are also available through the Texas Virtual School Network.



Students on the Recommended Plan may wish to advance one step to the Distinguished Achievement Plan.  This is the most rigorous of the state graduation programs.  It includes one more year of foreign language (3) and four advanced measures, which could be any combination of original research or project, test data, or college courses.  See your counselor for more information.



On-Campus Dual Credit
The on-campus dual credit program requires a high school schedule that is bundled.  The bundled classes for juniors are United States history plus speech and music appreciation.  The bundled classes for seniors are English and government.  To coordinate the unique high school and college course schedules, students must commit to the bundled schedule for the entire school year.  Students no wanting to participate in the mandatory bundling of classes at Hallsville High School may take dual credit outside the school day.

Dual credit college courses are offered during the school day on our campus via interactive TV through Kilgore College.  Classes are instructed by Kilgore College professors.  Students must register through Kilgore College and pay the appropriate tuition and fees.  To be eligible, juniors and seniors must be THEA Exempt or successfully complete the THEA test or Kilgore’s Accuplacer test.  Students can see more information from Ms. Debbie Cline.  Courses available on our campus are:

  • English 1301, ENGL 1302
  • History 1301, History 1302
  • Government 2305, Government 2306
  • Music Appreciation 1306  
  • Speech 1315

*Career & Tech Dual Credit courses available are:

  • Auto Tech – Kilgore
  • Cosmetology – Kilgore
  • Process Technology – Kilgore
  • Welding – TSTC
  • CAD/Machining – TSTC


*To be eligible to enroll in Career and Technical Education dual credit courses the student must have a passing score of 2100 on the TAKS ELA, with a 2 on the written composition.  In addition, a math passing score of 2100 is necessary.  Students who did not pass TAKS will be allowed to take Accuplacer of THEA.


Off-Campus Dual Credit
Some courses are available for dual credit through area post-secondary schools for both high school and college credit.  It is the responsibility of the student to register and pay for the courses.  A senior may miss one block of class time during the school day if enrolled in an evening class. To be eligible, students must be THEA Exempt or successfully complete the THEA test or the Accuplacer test.  The most commonly taken courses are:

  • English 1301 (1st sem. English 4, .5 credit)
  • English 1302 (2nd sem. English 4, .5 credit)
  • Government 2305 (Government, .5 credit)
  • Government 2306 (.5 credit)
  • Economics 2301 (Economics, .5 credit)
  • BIM (Business Management I, 1 credit)
  • SPCH 1315 (Communications Applications, .5 credit)
  • HIST 1301 (1st sem. US History, .5 credit)
  • HIST 1302 (2nd sem. US History, .5 credit)



High School courses on computer are offered for credit recover during the school day.  Students must have approval of a counselor for enrollment.



Students may be able to graduate in three or three and one-half years.  Application must be made through the guidance department and official forms signed by parents in order to exercise either option.  The decision to graduate at mid-year must be made by the end of the junior year so that full-yearcourses such as English 4 can begin in the summer before the senior year.  This option is only available to students who have been enrolled in Hallsville High School prior to the second term of their junior year.  Graduation participation is subject to completion of graduation requirements.



Students who speak other languages and are approved by the LPAC committee, may take English I and English II for Speakers of Other Languages and receive credit for English I and II.  The courses are taught by a certified English as a Second Language teacher.



No administrative officer or employee of the Hallsville Independent School District, acting in his/her official capacity, may discriminate on the basis of a person’s sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, or handicapping condition regarding:  personnel practices, including as signing, hiring, promoting, compensating, and discharging employees; use of facilities; awarding contracts; and participation in programs.

No student shall, on the basis of sex, race, religion, national origin, or handicapping condition, be excluded from participation, be denied the benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program activity sponsored by this school district as specifically provided in the Section 504 Implementing Regulations.


Inquiries regarding Equal Opportunity Employment should be directed to Paula Rogers, Deputy Superintendent, Instruction, Personnel, and Accountability, at (903)668-5990, extension 5007.

Inquiries regarding Section 504 should be directed to Alonda Stonger, Director of Special Programs, at (903)668-5990, extension 5019.

Hallsville ISD will take steps to assure that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational and career and technology programs.



Seniors  who have passed all four sections of TAKS and possess at least 24 credits by the end of the junior year, may be considered to be eligible for an early dismissal from the end of the school day.  Other criteria for consideration are:

  • Students must be enrolled in a college-level class i.e. dual credit or Advanced Placement, OR
  • Be enrolled in a CTE practicum class

Flex offerings will ONLY be in last periods of the school day.



Grade Level   Required Credits

9th Grade – 12th Grade 31



The seniors of 2013 who achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 4.6 or above and complete the Recommended or Distinguished Achievement Program shall be declared Honor Graduates and will be recognized during the graduation ceremony.  The GPA is cumulative from the freshman year through the third quarter of the senior year.

The valedictorian and salutatorian will be named according to the two highest school grade point averages, determined at the end of the third quarter of the senior year.  To be considered for either, a student must have attended Hallsville High School for at least two complete years in the final two years of high school.



NCAA regulations stipulate that all academic “core” courses to be completed during high school for eligibility in Division I or Division IIcollege athletics.  Students must have 16core courses.  Students attending allfour years at HHS will meet the “core” requirements when they graduate under the Recommended Program.  Other students must ensure that they meet the requirements set by the NCAA.  NCAA Division I and Division II college eligibility requirements also include varying ACT/SAT and “core” course requirements.

Athletes need to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse after their junior year.  “Core” courses are listed below:


English 1,2,3,4 Algebra I,2

Pre-AP English 1,2   Geometry

AP English 3 Math Models

AP English 4 Pre-Calculus

Journalism AP Calculus AB

Practical Writing   Independent Study

Communication App.   in Math


US History   IPC

World Geography Envir.Science

World History   Biology 1/PAP

Government   Biology

Economics   Prin. Of Technology

Sociology   Chemistry 1

PAP Chemistry

AP Chemistry



French 1,2,3,4

Spanish 1,2,3,4



Students may earn four credits of physical education credits in fulfilling state graduation requirements.  No student will be exempt from the physical education requirement, regardless of physical or mental condition or limitation.  Students may receive physical education credit equivalent for the following activities:

Activity Semester PE Credit
Athletics 1st ** Maximum of 1

Band 1st ** Maximum of 1

Cheerleading 1st ** Maximum of 1

Drill Team 1st **     Maximum of 1



In an effort to meet the academic needs of each student, courses in English, science, social studies and math are offered on different levels of difficulty:  AP, Pre-AP, and Regular.  Students will be assisted in selecting the appropriate course level by using a combination of:

  1. Past grades,
  2. Standardized test scores,
  3. Teacher recommendation, and
  4. A department test (if needed)



The following expectations are required for a student in the rigorous Pre-AP and AP classes offered at Hallsville High School.  They are:

  • Students must be actively involved in monitoring their success in these classes.
  • Students must advocate to the teacher at the first indication that they need assistance.
  • Students must participate in project based learning to promote higher level thinking skills.
  • Students must understand the responsibility of daily homework or projects outside of class in order to cover a vast amount of objectives.  This may also include summer reading which is due the first day of class after the summer break.
  • Students must devote time outside of class to prepare for AP exams.  They must be dedicated to developing college level study skills.
  • The development of critical thinking skills will be encouraged by the use of journals and essays.  As a result, good writing skills are essential.
  • A high degree of academic rigor is expected in every pre-AP and AP class at Hallsville High School.  Consequently, grades are affected.  Students must recognize that challenging course work can result in lower grades if class expectations are not met.

    Students must devote themselves to a full year of study in order to fully benefitfrom the class.  Schedule changes will only occur with principal approval.



Through Pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement courses, advanced instruction is provided for students who have demonstrated that are not sufficiently challenged in regular classes.  Enrollment in these classes is open to students who will commit to do the advanced work and study that is required.  Recommendations from prior teachers will also be sought.  It is a requirement for students in Advanced Placement classes to be passing the course at the end of the first semester in order to remain in the class.  Gifted/Talented students are served through these classes.  Pre-AP and AP courses are given extra rank weight when GPA is computed.  The following Pre-AP and AP courses are offered:

Pre-AP Courses

  • English I
  • English II
  • Algebra I (8th grade)
  • Algebra II
  • Geometry
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Biology I
  • Chemistry I
  • Physics
  • World Geography
  • World History
  • Pre-AP Spanish 3 & 4
  • Pre-AP French 3 & 4


AP Courses

  • Calculus AB
  • English III
  • English IV
  • Environmental Science
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • US Government
  • US History
  • World History
  • Art/Two-dimensional Portfolio
  • Art/Drawing Portfolio



In order to be promoted to the next grade level, students will be required to have the following credits:

10th grade
Must have a cumulative total of 7 credits of which 3 credits must be core subjects

11th grade
Must have a cumulative total of 13 credits and 3 credits from prior year must be from core subjects

12th grade
Must be on track to graduate that year and must have passed 3 core subjects from the prior year



This curriculum is the recommended program for college and technical school preparation.  Students must complete 26 units of credit from the specified subjects plus additional HISD local requirement courses.



Students will not be permitted to request schedule changes once the schedule is picked up during registration.  The only exception to this rule will be if an error has been made by the school.  Students and parents are given an opportunity to make good choices on the Course Selection sheet during the spring.  A final opportunity to make changes comes in June when the student’s class request list is mailed home.  Students should be prepared to take the courses they request, including the alternate courses that they list.  Every effort is made to honor each student’s chosen courses and electives; however, sometimes the alternate choices must be used.

Teacher assignments are built into a master schedule according to student requests.  Therefore, changes are not possible.

Neither students nor parents may request a teacher change, unless 1) the student has previously had the teacher and failed, or 2) another sibling had that teacher and failed.



One of the following courses can be taken to fulfill the technology requirement for graduation:

  Business Information Management

  9th – 12th

  Digital & Interactive Media

  9th and 12th grades

  Web Technologies

  9-th – 12th


  9th – 12th

  Computer Programming

  10th – 12th



Each year, Hallsville High School is a test center for SAT and ACT.  The SAT testing months are October, December, March, and June.  Students need to register for this test at www.collegeboard.com.  See a counselor for a recommendation on when to take SAT.  The ACT is given in September, February, and April.  Registration is at www.actstudent.org.  The PSAT is given every October at Hallsville High School.  Currently, all juniors are required to take PSAT at the district’s expense.  In addition, it is recommended that all college bound freshmen and sophomores take the PSAT.



Students will be named Texas Scholars who complete the Recommended Program or Distinguished Achievement Program course requirements, plus additional requirements listed on the Graduation Requirements pages in the front of this book.  They must also complete two courses eligible for college credit while in high school.



Students will be named Texas Scholars with Merit who complete the Recommended Program or Distinguished Achievement Program course requirements plus a fourth qualifying math, plus additional requirements listed on the Graduation Requirements page in the front of this book.  The must also complete two courses eligible for college credit while in high school.



There are some courses which are not labeled Pre-AP because they do not lead to an approved AP course, but they require superior skills of the students electing to take them as indicated by the entry criteria.  These courses receive the same rank weight as Pre-AP courses (6.0 basis).  These courses are Anatomy and Physiology, Debate II and III, and Journalism II, III, and IV.



The following courses will be offered zero period:

  • Marketing Dynamics
  • Practicum in Marketing Dynamics
  • Debate I and II
  • E2020